Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pretty in Pink

Hot hues of pink and tamed tones of blush are colors in high demand-everything from beautiful engagement rings and customized chandeliers, to icing on cakes and elegant linens.

1. J.Green Jewelers 2. COCO Chocolate Bistro and Lounge 3. Cover that Up! Linens 4. Spring Garden Flower Shop 5. Buono Dolce Signature Desserts 6. Announcing . . . the Celebrations of you Life! 7. Reve Weddings

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Alberto Vazquez of Alberto Vazquez Photography was recently accepted into the Wedding Photojournalist Association.

Alberto is one of three San Antonio Wedding Photographers a part of the WPJA.
Here's a little information regarding this prestigious association.

"The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.
"Leading the way in Wedding Photojournalism, WPJA represents the most discriminating talent around the world technically, creatively and visually. Qualified members hold industry-leading standards, skills and business integrity."

Monday, April 27, 2009

For me, planning a wedding was one of the most fun and stressful times of my life. I was always looking for new ideas and different opportunities to incoporate. Everything needed to be perfect.

And as I'm sure several of you already know, your wedding can surely be one of the most expensive things you will ever spend money on. It was certainly important to make sure I going to spend money on the right things. The right location, the right linens, the right flowers, etc.

Open houses were my savior. I could sample food, touch fabrics, see different arrangements, listen to music and speak with other brides about their experiences.

So every chance I got to go to an open house, and certainly one that was "free," was a opportunity I didn't want to miss.

As as recent newlywed myself, I hope you all take advantage of the open house Pedrotti's North Wind Ranch will be hosting on May 6, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

And guess what? They are having awesome givaways-free chair covers, free DJ service, free 1-Hour Photo Shoot, $1,000 off the rental of the facility and so much more.

Passionately Plum

If you're one of those who's always tuned in for the lastest trends and ideas in fashion, then you already know purple is popular. But in the wedding world, this hue is making an appearance in all sorts of forms.

Everyone knows bridesmaids dresses come in subdued and bold color choices and some have seen a groomsman or two sport a matching tone, but grooms themselves are choosing to show a little color themselves.

Linens and lighting continue to be popular ways to showcase your wedding colors-from floor-to-ceiling drapery, to table linens and chair covers.

Bring color in to the food as well. Whether you decide to do a full candy bar or have just a few sugary favors, colored candy is a perfect way to add a pop of personalization.

1. Seventh Heaven Cakes 2. Alamo Plants and Petals 3. A New Leaf 4. Star of Texas Tents and Events 5. Al's Formal Wear 6. Candy Lounge 7. Botanika

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bisli featured in Platinum Weddings

Bisli Vasquez of Bisli Event Services will be featured in an episode of WeTV’s Platinum Weddings, which will air April 26 at 9 p.m. April 27 at 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. and also May 3 at 1 p.m. and 12 a.m. Tune in to see how she pulls together a million dollar wedding.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

OK, so I was visiting with Kat from Rebecca Kathleen and as she was helping out some customers, I decided to look around the store. She recently moved into a larger space in Artesian's Alley and had a whole bunch of new lingerie lines and cute little bridal accessories.

As I made my way around the store I noticed two shelves with flip flops displayed on the ledges. The most interesting thing about these was that you could remove and switch out the straps. How cool was that?

Think one day you'll be wearing a blue and white day dress and cork kitten heels with blue straps, and later in the evening you could switch out the straps to a satin black one with a cute embellishment. One word, awesome! Typically items that do more than one duty aren't of the highest quality and you might expect these to be too right? Nope. I fashioned one myself and I'd have to admit . . . they're pretty good.

These "Switch Flops," from national designer Lindsey Philips, are a popular item for reception footwear. You can give them to your bridesmaids so they can wear something more comfortable at the party or be comfy yourself and tuck them away under your dress. You can decide to go traditional with silver and white or add a pop of color on the sole or the strap. Again, awesome!

Lindsey Philips will be visiting Rebecca Kathleen April 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Receive a free strap with a purchase of a Switch Flop or wear your Switch Flop in and receive a free strap.

Simply Chic: Ribbon Cutting and Celebration Mixer

Join Simply Chic Weddings for hors d'oeuvres and music to celebrate its new office space May 7, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
7310 Blanco Road, Suite 305
San Antonio, Texas 78216

Lovely in Lace

The intricate designs and delicate touch of lace has always been a classic choice for wedding dresses. However, the inclusion of this timeless piece is now making its way to more than just the bridal gown.

They are appearing everywhere-from table linens to invitations and bouquet wraps to cakes, this vintage look is romantic and modern.

1. Statue of Design 2. Sugarplum Dreams 3. Cover that Up! Linen 4. The Bridal Connection 5. Wedding, Paper, Ink 6. Pastry Garden

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Family–Style Food Service For Your Reception?

OK everybody's heard of eating Family-Style at restaurants, right, where each entrĂ©e or side is served on a big plate and the whole table shares?  Well I was at Maggiano's last week and experienced Family-Style service... with a wedding twist!

Picture your wedding reception: gorgeous linens, amazing centerpieces, great music, all your friends and family sitting down to dinner.  Well, you typically only have 2 choices for dinner service: buffet style or waiter-passed.  But wait a minute.  You're unique, you're a trend-setter. Why not extend your sense of style even to the way your food is served?

So how about this: Instead of the norm, each course of your meal comes out on beautiful platters, and a platter is placed beside one guest at every table.  Your guests then pass the platters around Family-Style with each guest serving themselves and then passing the platter on to the next guest.  It's actually a perfect ice breaker to help get your crazy Aunt Lulu chatting away with his shy Uncle Bob.  (OK, so they're talking about broccoli or salad dressing, but hey, they're talking!)   Before you know it, the whole table will be interacting and introducing themselves to people they otherwise would have barely asked to pass the salt.

This really does seem to be the up-and-coming trend for wedding receptions because yesterday I was speaking with Heather Morrow, Event Coordinator for Columbia Culinary Team, and they are now offering Family-Style service, too!  Heather says brides love it because it's just like eating at home.  And that's the whole point – it's really about being able to relax and have a nice meal.  Morrow points out that more formal service can sometimes distract from the enjoyment of the event or slow down the activities.  A Family-Style dinner increases the speed of the food service, and it also allows the servers to respond to individual guests better than at traditional plated meals.

Anyway, I'm very excited that caterers, restaurants and banquet facilities are starting to offer Family-Style service for weddings, and I believe it is going to very quickly become THE choice for my brides!

Blue Inspirations

Blues and browns have been popular color choices in the last few years, but this season it is bolder and brighter than ever.

Everything from embellishments on dresses to pops of color on groom accessories, and icing on cakes to uplighting on walls, are making a statement.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I love reading the engagement postings. I've noticed that 7 seems to be the magical number these days. Yes 7 years of dating/living together, before they're tying the knot! (WOW and I thought waiting 13 months was too long!) Check them out online at the engagment postings.

Fort Sam Golf Club - This weekend

This weekend Barbara and Alex Devora of Still Life Photography are going to be photographing Maria & Chico's wedding out at The Golf Club at Fort Sam Houston.

I know the club works very well for wedding receptions. Although I do not know if they are using any outdoor space. Hopefully the weather will not be a factor. Yesterday I heard from Mario with A Touch of Elegance, who is also involved with this wedding. He said they were going to be adding a few special touches in the decor.

Once I have some photos from Maria & Chico, I post a few, let you see what Fort Sam looks like. Also, if you didn't know, anyone can host their wedding with Fort Sam. They have three great venues to choose from and their rates are very reasonable. Email Manuel Valdez to get rates and availability with Fort Sam.

Happy Wedding Planning.
The Wedding Lady

Wednesday, April 1, 2009